Happy Publication Day for The First Lie By A.J. Park @AJParkauthor #Thriller #TheFirstLie

The First Lie
By A.J. Park

A blog piece by Lou

Happy Publication Day to A.J. Park. It certainly sounds like a page turner. Check out below, all the fabulous quotes and a blurb that might just get you hooked to read the whole book. If it is your bag, then there are buying links at the bottom of the page. I thank Anne at Random Things Tours for inviting me on this blog blitz.

“A. J. Park is a master of suspense who knows how to keep readers hovering tensely over the edges of their seats.”
Sophie Hannah

THE FIRST LIE BY A.J. PARK

“This is a real page-turner. I finished it in one go!”
Martina Cole

A husband and wife cover up a murder. But the lie eats away at the fabric of their relationship and things unravel till they can’t trust anyone – even each other.

“A great thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night.”
Luca Veste

THE FIRST LIE COVER

A freak accident. An impossible choice. But what was the first lie?

When Paul Reeve comes home to find his wife in the bathroom, bloodied and shaking, his survival instinct kicks in.

Alice never meant to kill the intruder. She was at home, alone, and terrified. She doesn’t deserve to be blamed for it. Covering up the murder is their only option.

But the crime eats away at the couple and soon they can’t trust anyone – even one another…

But there is much more at stake than anyone realises – and many more people on their trail than they can possibly evade…

“Fast-moving, gripping, the ground shifting perpetually beneath your feet as you read… I read it in one sitting.”
Alex Marwood

THE FIRST LIE all quotes

Available as a paperback, ebook and audio book.

Links:

Waterstones Paperback: http://tidd.ly/553cdf07

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KNl4rt

*please note I don’t get paid anything for this and I am not affiliated in Waterstones or Amazon or anything at all for that matter.

#Review of 5 star gripping #CrimeFiction book Killing Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks

Killing Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

Mummified remains, a massacred family means there’s a case for police detectives Broderick and Sullivan to solve in this vivid, gripping NEW Gibraltar murder mystery. I thank Hobeck Books for giving me an ARC of the book to review… Discover the blurb, review, links and a bit about the author below.
Killing Rock is published next month.

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Blurb

A wealthy family massacred. Unidentified mummified remains. Is there a connection?
Gibraltar is shaken by echoes from its history once again.
Detectives Tamara Sullivan and Gus Broderick face the most dangerous and elusive murder investigation of their lives, and for Sullivan, it’s about to become all too personal.
Can their relationship endure this latest peril, and will the Rock ever escape its ghosts?Killing Rock is the third thrilling novel in the bestselling Sullivan and Broderick crime series.

Quote by Peter James
‘Robert Daws brilliantly and vividly brings Gibraltar into the glare of contemporary crime-busting searchlights.’ – Peter James, International bestselling author of the Inspector Roy Grace series.

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Review

Welcome to Gibraltar, where there’s sun, sea and murder in this compelling, accomplished, outstanding new crime fiction novel. All isn’t as peaceful as you may think… There’s suspicion, trepidation and danger when mummified remains are discovered; in what is a gripping novel that will leave you wanting more…

Set first in 2005, where there’s a woman’s life in danger and then 2015, when readers meet D.S Tamara Sullivan and her Chief Inspector – Gus Broderick and Chief Superintendent Harriet Massetti on the backdrop of an idyllic island, find a washed up body. It sets the scene up perfectly for this brand new investigation to begin.

From Gibraltar, to where D.S Tamara Sullivan has been seconded to, she travels to Spain to stay at former MET officer’s farmhouse. Robert Daws sets up settings and atmosphere incredibly well within just enough description to capture important moments and then balances this with layers of action that moves the story onwards at an excellent pace.

This is a book of style and substance and a real treat to relax with. There are twists and turns and mystery amongst the backdrop of Gibraltar (a place where Robert Daws familiarity of comes across well), and Spain. There are important topics mentioned about second chances, workplace frustrations and also about being strong and being successful when the odds are stacked against you and getting past certain types of attitudes. There is of course also a gripping investigation to mount and conduct.

There’s an intensity in the writing as Rudi Bernard and Izi Janson plunge into a swimming pool and their venture into the water takes an unexpected turn.

With murders and a chase, as well as Sullivan’s life in danger, there’s some great action and tension within this book, especially when suspicion is aroused within the  police force when a mysterious letter with one of the employees handwriting is discovered and “ghosts” of Broderick’s past emerge, as well as the history the island have to contend with.

Robert Daws nails the whole different generation holiday desires and FOMO between Penny Broderick and her dad – Gus. I was somewhat impressed!

The book also takes readers to Washington DC and its Congressmen, where there is mystery surrounding Max and Naida. Diary pages from the late 1960’s are also found. They are written well, just as anyone would write a diary, with events and feelings etc. These are significant to the story as things take a darker turn and create another layer that weaves in and out certain points of the book.

As events unravel in the police station, there is a totally unexpected conclusion within the epilogue that, certainly left me wanting to read more. Luckily there is another book to come. which I very much look forward to.

Killing Rock is published 14th July

Blood Rock is due to be published in 2021.

If you want even more entertainment, listen in on the podcast Partners in Crime which Robert Daws co-hosts with best-selling author Adam Croft. You will discover entertaining banter and bookish chat. I highly recommend Killing Rock and the podcast.

Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Website www.robertdaws.com  
Twitter @Robert Daws 

Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck Books:  Website  www.hobeck.net     
Twitter  @HobeckBooks
Facebook www.facebook.com/hobeckbook

About the Author

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His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published now.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark. Watch out for Robert Daws in Agatha Raisin.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

#Review of the intriguing story -Echo Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction

Echo Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

This is exciting. Echo Rock (formally known as Tunnel Vision), has been revamped and is looking pretty good in a compelling sense. It is also a FREE E-book, Available From Today from the HobeckBooks website (see below for the link and more details). This short story of a captivating sinister mystery as readers are invited to enter the tunnel of a Rock Ghost Story. It is thanks to Rebecca and Adrian at Hobeck Books for agreeing to pass the story onto me in advance to review.

Blurb

The Rock. A Girl. Is she real or merely a tunnel vision?
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits DS Tamara Sullivan. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death as it is presents itself in all its grim glory. This time, death appears to her in an unexpected guise. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? Does the mind play tricks or are there really echoes of life after death? If you do not believe now, you soon will.

 

Robert Daws Echo Rock

Full of suspense and mystery, the tunnel in this marvellous short story is one that will enthrall as it encapsulates you until the end. There’s a lot packed in within just 26 pages to keep anyone guessing what mysteries are held within the Dudley Ward Tunnel, Gibraltar.

Readers are taken to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan’s account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2015. It’s an interesting way of telling what happened on these dates and it works well.
The story starts in the seemingly innocent, picturesque surroundings of the Gibraltar, where there is a real sense of where Sullivan went to within the island. The writing of the character DS Sullivan gives a marvelous insight to the character and her strong personality, traits and more… For those who have encountered her in the novels and those who have yet to discover them. Do take note that this is a completely stand-alone short story.

From a relaxed pace at the very beginning that would lull anyone into a false sense of security, the pace notches up somewhat as the intensity of the atmosphere builds and builds as does the intrigue about what is there, and all is certainly not normal  within the tunnel… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who or what it was within the there and all turns even more mysterious, intense and ghostly. It is far from your average journey…

The ending is up there with one of the most lovely, tender endings I’ve certainly read.
All in all this short story is one I highly recommend. The growing pace and atmosphere is incredibly well structured and the plot is enjoyable and written very well.
Look out for this FREE offer of Echo Rock when you subscribe to  www.hobeck.net    . It won’t disappoint!

About The Author

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Robert Daws

His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published 22nd June.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Websitwww.robertdaws.com     Twitter @Robert Daws 
Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck Books:  Website  www.hobeck.net       by subscribing to the Hobeck Books website, you will be able to claim your Free – E-Book
Twitter  @HobeckBooks
Facebook www.facebook.com/hobeckbook

Review of the intriguing story -Echo Rock by Robert Daws @RobertDaws @HobeckBooks #CrimeFiction #FreeOffer

Echo Rock
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

This is exciting. Echo Rock (formally known as Tunnel Vision), has been revamped and is looking pretty good in a compelling sense. It is also a FREE E-book, Available From Today from the HobeckBooks website (see below for the link and more details). This short story of a captivating sinister mystery as readers are invited to enter the tunnel of a Rock Ghost Story. It is thanks to Rebecca and Adrian at Hobeck Books for agreeing to pass the story onto me in advance to review.

Blurb

The Rock. A Girl. Is she real or merely a tunnel vision?
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits DS Tamara Sullivan. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death as it is presents itself in all its grim glory. This time, death appears to her in an unexpected guise. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? Does the mind play tricks or are there really echoes of life after death? If you do not believe now, you soon will.

 

Robert Daws Echo Rock

Full of suspense and mystery, the tunnel in this marvellous short story is one that will enthrall as it encapsulates you until the end. There’s a lot packed in within just 26 pages to keep anyone guessing what mysteries are held within the Dudley Ward Tunnel, Gibraltar.

Readers are taken to Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan’s account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2015. It’s an interesting way of telling what happened on these dates and it works well.
The story starts in the seemingly innocent, picturesque surroundings of the Gibraltar, where there is a real sense of where Sullivan went to within the island. The writing of the character DS Sullivan gives a marvelous insight to the character and her strong personality, traits and more… For those who have encountered her in the novels and those who have yet to discover them. Do take note that this is a completely stand-alone short story.

From a relaxed pace at the very beginning that would lull anyone into a false sense of security, the pace notches up somewhat as the intensity of the atmosphere builds and builds as does the intrigue about what is there, and all is certainly not normal  within the tunnel… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who or what it was within the there and all turns even more mysterious, intense and ghostly. It is far from your average journey…

The ending is up there with one of the most lovely, tender endings I’ve certainly read.
All in all this short story is one I highly recommend. The growing pace and atmosphere is incredibly well structured and the plot is enjoyable and written very well.
Look out for this FREE offer of Echo Rock when you subscribe to  www.hobeck.net    . It won’t disappoint!

About The Author

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Robert Daws

His first crime novella, The Rock, made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times.
The second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock.
The third – Killing Rock is due to be published 14th July
The standalone short story is due to be published 22nd June.

As an actor, Robert Daws has appeared in leading roles in a number of award-winning and long-running British television series, including Jeeves and Wooster, Casualty, The House of Eliott, Outside Edge, Roger Roger, Sword of Honour, Take A Girl Like You, Doc Martin, New Tricks, Midsomer Murders, Rock and Chips, The Royal, Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Poldark.

His recent work for the stage includes the national tours of Ten Times Table, Alarms and Excursions, Blackbird. In the The Secret of Sherlock Holmes, Geoffrey Hammond in Public Property,  Yes, Prime Minister and Summoned by Betjeman.

His many BBC radio performances include Arthur Lowe in Dear Arthur, Love John, Ronnie Barker in Goodnight from Him and Chief Inspector Trueman in Trueman and Riley, the long-running police detective series he co-created with writer Brian B Thompson (available on Audible now… also reviewed on the blog).

Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Website www.robertdaws.com     Twitter @Robert Daws 
Instagram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck:  Website  www.hobeck.net       by subscribing to the Hobeck Books website, you will be able to claim your Free – E-Book
Twitter  @HobeckBooks
Facebook www.facebook.com/hobeckbook

 

Exciting Crime Fiction News @HobeckBooks @RobertDaws #CrimeFiction #TheRock #KillingRock #EchoRock

The Broderick and Sullivan Murder Mystery Series 
By Robert Daws

Sun, sea, island life, scenery and murder….

There is more than just lovely scenery in Gibraltar. Meet the police team –  Broderick and Sullivan, as they take readers on a journey of intrigue, mystery and murder…

Find out why Tamara Sullivan was seconded to Gibraltar, the many crimes that need solving and what secrets the island holds, within these compelling, twisty tales.

Discover a link to the reviews at the bottom of this article, for reviews of the first 2 books – The Rock and Poisoned Rock. Then watch out for reviews of Killing Rock and Echo Rock.

There are exciting things afoot! Robert Daws has now partnered up with the publishing company – Hobeck Books, who are publishing The Sullivan and Broderick Murder Mystery series, set in Gibraltar. He has fabulous new cover art and is writing more of this series.

It is with thanks to Rebecca Collins and Adrian Hobart at Hobeck Books, that I am currently working on a review for the book – Killing Rock and soon will be also reading and reviewing Echo Rock.

The book – Killing Rock will be available soon to pre-order and Echo Tunnel – a short story –   will be available for free as an E-book soon.

To whet your appetite for what’s to come, here are those covers, reflecting Gibraltar and the sinister, murderous goings on…. I have also included cover art for The Rock and Poisoned Rock.

Look out in the coming days for my reviews of Killing Rock and Echo Rock…..

See a slideshow below and  here is the link to the reviews – The Rock Reviews
Social Media Links:
Robert Daws: 
Website www.robertdaws.com Twitter @Robert Daws    Instragram @RobertDawsOfficial

Hobeck:  Website  www.hobeck.net   Twitter: @HobeckBooks Instagram: @hobeckbooks 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hobeckbooks10

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Trueman & Riley by Brian B. Thompson, Starring Robert Daws and Duncan Preston @brianbthompson @RobertDaws #DuncanPreston #TruemanRiley #CrimeFiction #Audible #Review

Trueman & Riley
By Brian B. Thompson
Rated: 5 stars *****

Review written by Louise

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When I noticed Robert Daws was tweeting about Trueman & Riley being available on Audible, I thought I would take some time to listen and decided I would review. It’s written by BAFTA-Winning dramatist Brian B. Thompson, who brought us Byker Grove amongst others. Robert Daws co-created this series.
Brian B. Thompson, Robert Daws and Duncan Preston are masters at their craft and have been involved in many, many well-known projects on screen and theatre, from Dinner Ladies to The Royal, to Ten Times Table. You can find more about them below, after my review…

Review

First things first. This is a series that will entertain and is definitely worth listening to and I do highly recommend it. You will find this BBC drama on Audible these days.

Trueman and Riley is crime fiction, with episodes being complete within themselves. They’re mysterious and endearing with a mix of the serious and humour, with Trueman – played by Robert Daws and Riley played by Duncan Preston solving together. They are put together to work, but as much as they seem to get on with each other, they both have different ways of working and differing attitudes.

Duncan Preston and Robert Daws play their parts very well. Both are strong, enjoyable actors who certainly know how to entertain and shift from humour to the serious. Their timing is extremely good. They’ve definitely brought the scripts to life exceedingly well and convincingly, in what was originally for BBC radio.
As for Brian B. Thompson, well, his script-writing is terrific. The characterisation is so well thought out as more about his characters – Trueman and Riley drip through each episode. Then there’s the crimes and subjects that are within them that are big and some of them, as well as his characters are thought-provoking, without them making for heavy listening. That’s quite a skill in itself!

As they are so good, I have decided to tell you a bit about the episodes and a little about the performances of the 2 main actors, here and there.
There are 18 episodes, so here are the first 5 to whet your appetitie to get started listening to this BBC series. Each episode lasts around 40-50 mins. They’re smart with accomplished writing and acting. They all make pleasant listening to. They aren’t cosy crime, but not gritty either, somewhere inbetween as they twist and turn with hard-hitting topics and crimes.

As mentioned before, the whole series can be found on Audible.

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Chapter 1

Trueman has been passed fit to work after time off and there’s a case to be solved. He would rather “ease” himself in, but that isn’t going to happen. There’s humour to be had between his new boss and Trueman. It’s a sharp drama. Riley and Trueman are partnered up for the cases. Trueman has his issues to bear with. He has a self-help relaxation tape he listens to…. until his phone interrupts the calm, medititive voice filling the room.

The first case is a student – Louis – shot! He has past form with drugs and there’s humour that he was studying criminology. 
There’s a rather poignant bit between Trueman and Riley, when Riley thinks he has Trueman all worked out. It all gets rather thought-provoking about everyone being human. You can really get the feeling that Robert Daws understands his character – Trueman and between his acting and the script, he’s created a very believable character, with light and shade and determination and poignancy.
Duncan Preston plays Trueman’s opposite well too as his character tries to accept they’ve got to work together and has perfect timing.

The case is rather intriguing as fellow student – Amy is questioned, who Trueman humours with asking for her opinion. It’s intriguing as there’s no evidence to be easily found. There’s interesting ways people link, such as the university professor and Amy being raped previous to the murder of Louis. The connections between Louis, Professor Crichton and Amy and a time capsule are interesting in their twists and turns and powerful people hiding behind their titles and their “superiority” and “egos”.

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Chapter 2

The second case takes place at a race course at Angel Heights. Emma – a stable jockey is found murdered. There are hard-hitting topics of the hinting at what goes on within the racing world. Huntley is suspected at not going by the morals of rules. In an uncomfortable sounding room, listeners find out a little bit about Trueman and Riley’s life, their marital status.
It’s interesting attitudes in the stables and there’s some jealousy around Emma’s success. Things get interesting with Keith giving tips and there’s more than meets the eye going on with under-hand tactics. There’s mysterious love letters uncovered as are Huntley’s archaic views.
There’s humour between Riley and Trueman with Riley looking for horse tips and enjoying breakfast a bit too much for Trueman’s liking. Robert Daws and Duncan Preston play the 2 characters being friendly enough, but also rubbing each other the wrong way at times with great drama and to good effect. It’s pretty realistic.

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Chapter 3

The Road to Hull is where Terry Stuart is unexpected met. It turns out he’s an ex-con. There’s forgery in the club and it’s quite funny how unobservant to Trueman, Riley is being, you’ll need to listen in to find out why. Robert Daws and Duncan Preston just seem to play off each other very well, creating a very fine performance.
From crime to bus driving and secrets of missing people, this is an intriguing tale as the past catches up on Terry and his brother Frank and Annabelle is found dead.
You should listen to see if Terry can part from Frank.

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Chapter 4

Sabotage of a Philip Larkin biopic is on the cards in this episode. Film equipment has gone missing as has the bacon… The comdic timing is impeccable! The good news is Mark Wagstaff is dead and the bad news is, Riley really wanted to actually catch him for his crimes, instead of having to investigate his death. The nonchalency of Trueman is good.
Lines of Philip Larkin are weaved through as Trueman quotes them, not that they interest Riley. Although, the way Robert Daws quotes them, could well grab the attention of anyone.
There’s a bit more of Trueman’s personal life, which is really worth knowing, such as a date, that’s rather amusing, instant and rather lovely.
There’s quite a twist at the end.

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Chapter 5

Trueman and Riley investigate a disappearance of a man during a move with his wfe and Riley and Trueman are a bit exasperated by each other. Must say, the balance between that and the professionalism of the job and friendliness are played very well by Robert Daws and Duncan Preston.
The fun duo travel to Sheffield after uncovering an email between Nick and Eileen and secrets come spilling out…

About the Writer

Brian B. Thompson

Brian has been involved in writing Coronation Street, The Bill, Quayside and won a BAFTA for Byker Grove. I must add, it was a well-deserved award and had us kids hooked each week on it.

About the Actors

Robert Daws

Robert trained at RADA. He is an actor on stage, screen and radio. He is also an author.
His many television credits include: Dr Gordon Ormerod in eight series of The Royal, Sam Mountjoy in three series of John Sullivan’s Roger Roger and Tuppy Glossop in four series of Jeeves and Wooster. Also, Roger Dervish in the award- winning Outside Edge. (Nominated Best Actor-British Comedy Awards). He has also appeared in Father Brown, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders, New Tricks, Doc Martin, Casualty, The Bill, Lovejoy, A Bit of Fry and Laurie and many more… He has also appeared in films – An Unkind Word and Swimming With Men to name but a few…

Theatre work includes Most recently Alan Ayckboun’s Ten Times Table, Michael Frayn’s  Alarms and Excursions and Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s hit comedy, How The Other Half Loves. Other plays include Sherlock Holmes, Yes Prime Minister, Diary Of A Nobody at the Theatre Royal, Blackbird  for which Robert was nominated for Best Actor in the Manchester Evening News Drama Awards. He has also appeared in Summoned by Betjeman.

A regular contributor on radio as actor and broadcaster, Robert has read biographies of both P.G Wodehouse and John Betjeman for Radio 4 and co-created the long running radio series, with writer Brian B Thompson, Trueman and Riley, in which he plays D.I Trueman. He also played Prof. David Poll in the comedy series Higher by Joyce Bryant and Arthur Lowe in Roy Smiles, Dear Arthur, Love John. Also, Goodnight From Him, in which he plays Ronnnie Barker in the story of the Two Ronnies, Incredible Women by Rebecca Front and Jeremy Front and others… He has also happily recorded audios for Dr Who and Torchwood for Big Finish.

Books – His first crime novella, The Rock, was published in 2012 and made the top of the Amazon Bestseller list five times. 

His second Sullivan and Broderick murder mystery, The Poisoned Rock, was published in Sept 2016. His third in the series, Killing Rock, His ghost story, Tunnel Vision – also set in Gibraltar, is Amazon No 1 bestseller.

The books are now being republished by a different publisher, which is exciting. I have also been informed by the publisher there is a new book on the way too. Please do look out for publicity on all of the books. They are great reads and I’ll also be involved in reviews for them, so please do also look out for those.

Duncan Preston 

He has had many appearances in television productions written by Victoria Wood including his roles of Clifford in the soap opera parody sketches Acorn Antiques, including Acorn Antiques the musical. He also appeared as Stan in the sitcom Dinner Ladies.His other television roles include appearing in EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale. He played Jonathan Haslam in the sitcom Surgical Spirit. He has also appeared in The Royal, The New Statesman, Press Gang, Midsomer Murders, Dalziel and Pascoe, My Family and more.

In theatre, he has appeared in many Shakespearean productions, including MacBeth and has also been in other plays such as – To Kill a Mockingbird.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Bradford for his contributions as an actor.